The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency is a grant of $5,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport. The Auckland Museum Library reading room and copying facilities for grant recipients as a working space as well as guided access to the library’s collections of manuscripts, pictures and publications.
The recipient also receives a one year membership to the Auckland Museum Institute. Benefits of being a member include a free guided highlights tour of the Museum and special member pricing at the AM shop and for selected Museum events.
The deadline is 31 January. Learn more and/or apply here.
04-12-2020The Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme was established to provide for New Zealand authors, illustrators, and editors to receive payments in recognition of the fact that their books are available for free use in New Zealand libraries. As an author registered with the scheme, you’re entitled to receive an annual payment based on the number of copies of your title held in New Zealand libraries. This number is determined by a regular survey.
Registering for the scheme
You must register with the scheme each year in order to be eligible for payment, whether or not you have any new books.
The registration period is from 1 January to 1 March.
You need to be a New Zealand resident to register, meaning you have been in New Zealand for at least half of the last year, or you have a permanent abode here. Authors not registered this year can join the mailing list to receive future communications about the scheme by emailing us your contact details.
PLR@dia.govt.nzPayments from the PLR fund
The Public Lending Right fund is divided among registered authors, based on how many copies of their works are held by libraries. Previously stuck at $2 million for the last 12 years, the government announced an increase in 2020 of $1.7million over 4 years to allow for inflation, following advocacy. (This is separate to changes required following the review of PLR, currently underway.) This review now sits with incoming Minister Hon Jan Tinetti.
See how the fund has been distributed so far
If you’re eligible for a payment, you’ll receive it by December 31, directly into your nominated bank account. More
Apply now to be mentored by an established writer, poet, playwright. The NZSA Mentor Programme accepts applications for the 2021 programme from 1 Dec 2020 to 1 Feb 2021.The NZ Society of Authors Mentor programme 2021 seeks applications from writers looking for professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback.
The NZSA Mentor Programme is designed to givebeginning or emerging writers who demonstrate potential and commitment the opportunity to work closely with an experienced writer as their mentor in order to hone their writing skills and, in the process, take a piece of work from the early stages to a polished manuscript with potential for publication.
The writers and creators who gained mentorships in 2020 polished and refined their skills under the mentorship of these talented professionals: Pip Adam, Mandy Hager, Pippa Werry, Vanda Symon, Fiona Kidman, Kiri Piahana-Wong, Sue Reidy, Lee Murray, Geoff Walker, Paula Morris, Cilla McQueen, Vivienne Plumb and Alison Wong.
This programme is made possible thanks to support from Creative New Zealand. This year, as part of our commitment to diversity we have again tagged 3 mentorships for emerging writers identifying as Maori, Pasifika, and Asian. More
24-11-2020Creative New Zealand in partnernership with Auckland Live and The Big Idea invite New Zealanders from across the motu to come together for a live, online panel discussion with the 2020 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, facilitated by John Campbell.Celebrate the award recipients for 2020:
Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (non-fiction)Jenny Bornholdt (poetry)Tessa Duder (fiction)When: Tuesday 24 November (Tonight)
Time: 6:30 – 7:00pm NZST
Where: Creative New Zealand Facebook or Creative New Zealand YouTube channelDuring the live stream, viewers can submit questions to the writers using the comment threads on Facebook and YouTube.
Congratulations ANZL member Jenny Bornholdt who has been honoured with the 2020 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry alongside Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-fiction) and Tessa Duder (Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction). The Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement were established in 2003. Every year New Zealanders are invited to nominate their choice of a New Zealand writer who has made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of non-fiction, poetry and fiction. This year each recipient will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature. For the Creative New Zealand full announcement see here.
Entries for the 2020 Sunday Star-Times short story competiton are open. Now in their 37th year, the awards are among New Zealand’s most prestigious and established writing prizes. The competition has helped launch the careers of many well-known writers including Eleanor Catton, Owen Marshall, Sarah Laing, Norman Bilbrough, Barbara Anderson, Linda Olsson, Sarah Quigley and André Ngāpō.
In association with Penguin Random House New Zealand and the Michael King Writers’ Centre, it’s your chance to WIN up to $5000, critical feedback and have your winning story published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff – it’s time to get writing.
The divisions will be judged by novelist, playwright and short story writer Carl Nixon and Amy McDaid.
• Open division – 3000-word limit
• Under age 25 division – 2000-word limit.
Entries close Sunday, December 6, 2020, at midnight. Winners will be announced in January, and the winning entries published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff.co.nz over summer.
Applications are now open for a $5000 research grant and residency for writers wishing to work on a project that will utilise the resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. The grant also offers the recipient the opportunity to take up four weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport. This grant + residency is offered by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) and can be used for fiction and non-fiction projects.
The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency comprises:
- A Grant of $5,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
- The Auckland Museum Library reading room and copying facilities for grant recipients as a working space as wellas guided access to the library’s collections of manuscripts, pictures and publications.
- The recipient also receives a one year membership to the Auckland Museum Institute. Benefits of being a member include a free guided highlights tour of the Museum and special member pricing at the AM shop and for selected Museum events.
The deadline for applications is 4pm, 31 January 2021. The successful recipient will be announced in early 2021. Application form and terms & conditions NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants
14-10-2020The NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award provides the successful applicant with an award of $3000 to assist them towards completion of a specific project. The Lilian Ida Smith Award was initiated when Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher of Whanganui who had a keen interest in the arts, left part of her legacy to the NZ Society of Authors to ‘assist people aged 35yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career’. (Applicants are expected to be either in the early stages of their writing career, or someone whose opportunities to fulfill their potential have been limited.) The award runs every three years. Applications for this year close 31 October 2020. For more information and guidelines on how to apply see here.
The NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize is an exciting new prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer Laura Solomon. This prize will be judged within the criteria set by Laura Solomon, for new writing with a ‘unique and original vision’. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to enter completed manuscripts written across genres ie fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama or children’s writing. The prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand.
Applications are open from 9 October 2020 to 31 January 2021
Calling all writers – The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship is now open for applications. The fellowship offers published New Zealand writers the opportunity to write full-time, free from financial pressure with an annual stipend of $20,000 and using the Sargeson Centre adjacent to the University of Auckland. The fellowship usually runs from April to November. Any published New Zealand writer living either in New Zealand or overseas is eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Applications close on Friday 16 October 2020, with the tenure due to begin in April 2021.
Further information on the Fellowship is available here. Any queries can be directed to Elizabeth Bennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +64 9 375 2393.
The Mātātuhi Foundation has been established by the Auckland Writers Festival to support the development of New Zealand’s literary landscape. The Mātātuhi Foundation wants to seed fund innovative projects that help NZ writers increase their reach and engagement with NZ readers. Each year, the Foundation aims to distribute up to
10, one-off grants of between $2000 – $5000. The next funding round closes 31 October 2020. Complete your expression of interest form online.
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22-09-2020The University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January. The salary is $53,300 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative NZ, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction. Appointment will be made on the basis of a proven track record of publications of high quality, and on the strength of the applicant’s Residency proposal..The Writer is expected to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award. There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose of which is to give the Writer the freedom to write. It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University.Enquiries can be made to Assoc. Prof. Sarah Shieff, email: email@example.com.
Closing date: 23 October 2020 (NZ time) Vacancy number: 400199
For more information and to apply, visit www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz
Applications for the 2021 CNZ Randell Cottage Writing Fellowship are now open. The six-month Fellowship provides rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $27,000 and is advertised subject to confirmation of funding from CNZ. Trust chair Sarah Dennis says the change of dates – now 1 April to 30 September 2021 – is prompted by border closures and the disruption to air travel caused by Covid-19.
The Randell Cottage Creative NZ Writer in Residence is selected by a Trust-appointed committee to work on an approved project. The deadline for applications is Friday, 6 November 2020. The successful applicant will be announced in December.
ANZL member Siobhan Harvey is the recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020. Auckland-based writer, academic and arts advocate, Siobhan will use the fellowship to support the writing of her latest poetry project.
The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) congratulates Siobhan Harvey along with the five outstanding applicants who were shortlisted:- Maxine Alterio, Trevor Bentley, Barbara Else, Lee Murray, Vivienne Plumb, Elizabeth Smither.
This annual award is made possible with thanks to the generosity of the Beatson’s. In establishing this fellowship, they have given NZ authors a valuable opportunity to be economically secure while they bring a project to completion. It’s a commitment and affirmation for New Zealand writers.
In 2019 the fellowship was awarded to Frankie McMillan who used the time to work towards the completion of a novella set in 1950s New Zealand. Previous recipients have included Frankie McMillan, Sue Wooton, Jillian Sullivan, Tina Makereti, Michael Harlow, Emma Neale, Mandy Hager, Carl Nixon, Glenn Colquhoun, Sue McCauley and Marilyn Duckworth.
The NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship is an annual award open to any NZSA members working on a new fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama project. Find out more about the fellowship.